Making education decisions for children and ensuring they have the support they need can boost their chance of success. It’s up to the parents to figure out ways to do this.
One of the most important things to do is ensure that someone is in charge of making education decisions. In some cases, co-parents can work together for this, but it’s crucial that there are guidelines in place for who decides what. Let’s look at a few ways to do this.
Establish open communication
Maintain regular, open, and respectful communication with your co-parent. Discuss your child’s academic progress, challenges and school activities. Share important information and updates to ensure that both parents are on the same page regarding the child’s education.
Attend school events together
Both parents should actively participate in their child’s education by volunteering at school events, joining parent-teacher organizations or assisting with classroom activities. Whenever possible, attend parent-teacher conferences, school meetings and extracurricular activities together. This demonstrates a united front and allows both parents to be informed about their child’s progress and needs.
Develop a shared calendar
Create a shared calendar to keep track of important dates, such as school events, project deadlines and exam schedules. This ensures that both parents are aware of their child’s academic commitments and can provide the necessary support.
Collaborate on homework and projects
Work together to support your child’s learning and homework. Divide responsibilities, if needed, to ensure that your child receives consistent help and guidance from both parents.
Keep the school informed
Inform your child’s teachers and school administrators about your co-parenting arrangement. Provide both parents’ contact information and request that school communications be sent to both parents.
Establish consistent rules, routines, and expectations between households. This can help your child transition more smoothly between homes and provide a sense of stability. Your parenting plan should contain the rules for doing this.